How Can I Implement Choosing Wisely in My Workplace?

implement-cw-communityThe resources below can help employers educate their employees about avoiding overuse and how to engage in conversations about appropriate care with their physician.

Five Easy Steps to Spread the Word

  1. Share Information – Distribute the “5 Questions to Ask your Doctor” brochures, flyers or wallet cards regarding overuse.
  2. Leverage Media – Include information about Choosing Wisely in newsletters, social media and on your website.
  3. Post in Plain View – Hang the “5 Questions to Ask your Doctor” poster in high-traffic areas, such as restrooms, cafeterias and lounges.
  4. Show and Tell – Screen a Choosing Wisely public service announcement at a gathering.
  5. Make It Personal – Distribute brochures on seasonal topics, such as antibiotic prescriptions for colds during flu season or imaging for head injuries during pre-season sports.

Guides and Toolkits

  • An action brief from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers provides information on the campaign and provides steps employers can take to engage their employees.
  • The report “Lessons Learned from Patient Engagement” shares insights from project directors of grantee organizations about engaging patients, families and caregivers in Choosing Wisely conversations.
  • This brief guide, “How to Engage Your Group/Business with Choosing Wisely – 3 Things You Can Do” by Maine Quality Counts, is meant to help you get started in sharing useful information to help others engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and support health care providers efforts to help patients/consumers make smart and effective health care choices.
  • This webinar includes effective messaging to the public on why “more is not better” and includes a presentation by Neil Goldfarb on the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers on their national strategy to spread Choosing Wisely, as well as local examples of implementation by employer groups.

Learn From Others

  • Outreach and education efforts have informed the 720,000 members of the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust about the campaign.
  • Stories from community organizations that are spreading the campaign among patients and consumers can serve as a guide for those looking for information on how to craft messaging to the public.
  • Email us to join our Choosing Wisely Learning Network, which includes a bi-monthly webinar series highlighting the work of past and current grantees who are implementing the campaign in their community and expert guests sharing best practices for reducing overuse. Learning network members also have access to a shared virtual space and receive a monthly resource email and the Choosing Wisely Connect email.
  • These first-hand accounts shine a spotlight on the effects of overuse and overtreatment on patients and their caregivers.

Resources for Employees

These posters and cards can be distributed or posted in a common area.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment or Procedure

5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before You Take Antibiotics

5 Ways to be Smart About Back Pain

Do you get headaches? You probably don’t need a CT scan or MRI.

Avoid Opioids for Most Long-Term Pain

Browse our patient resources for information on additional health topics.